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Turkish Diplomacy discuss Syria with Saudi & Iran

(DP-News – Agencies )
Turkish President Abdullah Gül is expected to meet King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on late Sunday as part of his visit to the desert kingdom, according to Daily News at Turkish Hurriyet media agency.

Gül went to Saudi Arabia on Friday for a two-day visit and was expected to return Turkey later on Sunday.

In a telephone conversation earlier on Saturday, U.S. President Barack Obama and King Abdullah expressed their “shared, deep concerns about the Syrian government’s use of violence against its citizens,” the White House said in a statement. “They agreed that the Syrian regime’s brutal campaign of violence against the Syrian people must end immediately.”

On Sunday too and in a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi talked about Tehran-Ankara bilateral relations as well as regional developments, particularly the unrest in Syria, IRNA reported.

The Turkish military has called up recently retired officers in anticipation of a massive influx of Syrian refugees along its border with Syria.

Veterans that have retired from the military over the past five years are to be deployed in border provinces.

Turkish officials said that “17,000 Syrians are on their way,” fleeing from destabilized regions of their country.
Turkish officials say there are already over 7,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey, and no one knows what might happen if the trend continues.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed in Syria since the unrest began in mid-March.
The Syrian government blames armed gangs for the violence, saying that the unrest is being orchestrated from outside the country and security forces have been given clear instructions not to harm civilians. However, the opposition says security forces are behind the violence.
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